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Bolts are the ammunition used by crossbows. Most types of bolts are made using a combination of the Smithing and Fletching skills; the metal component is made with Smithing, and feathers are added with Fletching. Certain special bolts can only be obtained through other methods, such as monster drops or specialist shops.

Different types of bolts can be stored in a bolt pouch to conserve space. Like other Ranged ammunition, bolts can occasionally be left on the ground after firing, able to be picked up by the player.

Types of bolts[edit | edit source]

Normal metal bolts[edit | edit source]

All of the following bolts can be made through the Smithing and Fletching skills, excluding dragon; the unfinished bolts are obtained as a monster drop, and can be finished using feathers. All metal bolts can be poisoned.

Metal Image Ranged Strength GE Price
Bronze Bronze bolts 5.png +10 2
Blurite Blurite bolts 5.png +28 Untradable
Iron Iron bolts 5.png +46 21
Steel Steel bolts 5.png +64 32
Mithril Mithril bolts 5.png +82 59
Adamant Adamant bolts 5.png +100 198
Rune Runite bolts 5.png +115 425
Dragon Dragon bolts 5.png +122 1,010

Gem-tipped and enchanted bolts[edit | edit source]

Metal bolts can be enhanced by adding gem bolt tips, which increases their Ranged Strength bonus. They can be further improved through enchantment, which adds an effect that will occasionally trigger in combat. With the completion of the hard Kandarin Diary, bolts have a 10% increased base chance of activation.

Bolt type Image Enchantment Base chance: PvP
(with Diary)
Base chance: PvM
(with Diary)
Other notes Ranged Strength GE Price
Opal bolts (e) Opal bolts (e) 5.png Lucky Lightning: extra damage 5.0%
+14 9
Jade bolts (e) Jade bolts (e) 5.png Earth's fury: chance of knocking the target to the ground 6.0%
Agile targets may resist this +30 Untradable
Pearl bolts (e) Pearl bolts (e) 5.png Sea curse: chance of striking the target with a mighty bolt of water, dealing extra damage 6.0%
It will have more damage and a higher accuracy on fiery monsters (e.g. Chromatic dragons) +48 10
Topaz bolts (e) Topaz bolts (e) 5.png Down to earth: chance of lowering the target's Magic level 4.0%
Only works on another player +66 14
Sapphire bolts (e) Sapphire bolts (e) 5.png Clear mind: chance of lowering the target's Prayer points and giving part of them to the attacker 5.0%
Only works on another player +83 44
Emerald bolts (e) Emerald bolts (e) 5.png Magical poison: Chance of poisoning the opponent 54.0%
Poison damage starts at 5. +85 133
Ruby bolts (e) Ruby bolts (e) 5.png Blood forfeit: chance of removing 20% of the target's current Hitpoints 11.0%
This effect costs 10% of the attacker's own current Hitpoints. +103 213
Diamond bolts (e) Diamond bolts (e) 5.png Armour piercing: the bolts will negate a sizeable portion of the target's Ranged defence, and the special attack raises the bolts' maximum hit 5.0%
+105 304
Dragonstone bolts (e) Dragonstone bolts (e) 5.png Dragon's breath: chance of inflicting a Dragonfire hit against the target 6.0%
Does not work if the target has protection against dragonfire, or are dragons themselves +117 506
Onyx bolts (e) Onyx bolts (e) 5.png Life leech: Chance of doing extra damage and healing the attacker by 25% of the damage dealt 10.0%
This does not work on the undead, as they have no "life" to leech. +120 8,671
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 23 Apr 2015. Mod Ash: "We went with an increase of 10% as specified in the original blog."

Gem-tipped and enchanted dragon bolts[edit | edit source]

Dragon bolts are the only type of bolt that can accept all available gem bolt tips, excluding amethyst. All variants of enchanted dragon bolts have the same Ranged Strength of +122, but are otherwise identical in function to their inferior enchanted variants.

Name Image GE Price
Opal dragon bolts (e) Opal dragon bolts (e) 5.png 1,139
Jade dragon bolts (e) Jade dragon bolts (e) 5.png 768
Pearl dragon bolts (e) Pearl dragon bolts (e) 5.png 1,139
Topaz dragon bolts (e) Topaz dragon bolts (e) 5.png 1,461
Sapphire dragon bolts (e) Sapphire dragon bolts (e) 5.png 1,236
Emerald dragon bolts (e) Emerald dragon bolts (e) 5.png 1,100
Ruby dragon bolts (e) Ruby dragon bolts (e) 5.png 1,244
Diamond dragon bolts (e) Diamond dragon bolts (e) 5.png 1,323
Dragonstone dragon bolts (e) Dragonstone dragon bolts (e) 5.png 1,038
Onyx dragon bolts (e) Onyx dragon bolts (e) 5.png 9,402

Other player-made bolts[edit | edit source]

Silver bolts are much like other silver items, in that they are crafted using an appropriate mould and a furnace. Silver bolts are the only ranged weapons that can be used effectively against vampyres.

Name Image Ranged Strength GE Price
Silver Silver bolts 5.png +36 5

Kebbit bolts and long kebbit bolts are fletched from kebbit spikes and long kebbit spikes, respectively. They can only be used with the Hunters' crossbow.

Name Image Ranged Strength GE Price
Kebbit Kebbit bolts.png +28 69
Long kebbit Long kebbit bolts.png +38 584

Broad-tipped bolts[edit | edit source]

Unfinished broad bolts can be obtained through Slayer masters, either via Slayer reward points or with coins. In order to make them usable, the player must have bought the ability to fletch them in the Slayer rewards shop, after which they can add feathers. They are primarily used in the Slayer skill in order to harm creatures such as Turoth and Kurasks, which are resistant to all but a select few weapons that have a certain Slayer requirement. Outside of Slayer, broad bolts are often used as a cheaper alternative to adamant bolts, having the same Ranged Strength.

Type Image Ranged Strength GE Price
Normal Broad bolts 5.png +100 60
Amethyst Amethyst broad bolts 5.png +115 268

Bolts obtained through other means[edit | edit source]

Shop-bought[edit | edit source]

Barbed bolts are made from bronze bolts by attaching barb bolttips, which can be purchased in the Ranging Guild using archery tickets.

Name Image Ranged Strength GE Price
Barbed Barbed bolts 5.png +12 73

Bone bolts can be bought from Nardok's Bone Weapons shop, and are only usable with the Dorgeshuun crossbow.

Name Image Ranged Strength GE Price
Bone Bone bolts 5.png +49 6

Through drops[edit | edit source]

Bolt racks are obtained from the Barrows minigame, usable only with Karil's crossbow.

Name Image Ranged Strength GE Price
Bolt rack Bolt rack 5.png +55 56

Mithril grapple[edit | edit source]

The Mithril grapple is used in conjunction with a crossbow to grapple Agility shortcuts and obstacles. They can break when used.

Ranged Strength comparison of standard ammunition[edit | edit source]

Metals Arrows Brutal arrows Bolts Darts Javelins Knives Throwing axes
Bronze +7 +11 +10 +1 +25 +3 +5
Iron +10 +13 +46 +3 +42 +4 +7
Steel +16 +19 +64 +4 +64 +7 +11
Black N/A +22 N/A +6 N/A +8 N/A
Mithril +22 +34 +82 +7 +85 +10 +16
Adamant +31 +45 +100 +10 +107 +14 +23
Rune +49 +60 +115 +14 +124 +24 +26
Dragon +60 N/A +122 +20 +150 +30 +47

References[edit | edit source]